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Windstorms bring numerous problems to Nimroz
Zaranj, September 23, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Life came to a standstill as a powerful hurricane, accompanied by a dust storm, lashed Zaranj, capital of the Nimroz province.
Metrology Department official Muhammad Omar said the twister with a speed of more than 110 kilometres per hour started hitting the area Friday evening.
Muhammad Akbar Sharifi, director of the Agriculture Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News the windstorm destroyed dozens of trees besides raining down sand on scores of villages.
Irrigation canals were choked with sand and polythene bags, added the director, who pointed out Khashrud was the only district unaffected by the tempest that forced the closure of shops and schools.
Zaranj-based shopkeeper Ahmad Shakib complained: "The strong winds stopped my work and I had to close my shop because business was simply impossible."
Resident Ahmad Farid observed in the holy month of Ramadan, the faithful streamed to the bazaar to buy foodstuff for Iftar and Sehr, but the harsh wind made their task difficult.
Ghulam Sarwar (25), hailing from Zaranj, grumbled: "The perimeter wall of our house has been pulled down, with sand and dust flying into our residence."
Dr. Khan Aqa of the Health Department said a large number of people were suffering different diseases like allergy, asthma and pulmonary problems in the wake of the hurricane.